Before heading to TP’s house for Lutz’ surprise birthday party, Jed and I picked up Christian from his house at Matina (luckily they weren’t among those who got flooded). Just beside their house (actually I think it’s attached), is the cute and cozy Home Avenue Cake Galerie, a cake and pastry shop which is among one of my favorite spots in Davao. Christian, upon my asking, realized that it has been a year already since they opened the shop in June 2010.
I first went to Cake Galerie on October 2010 for my 4-day vacation and has been bugging Jed to take me back there every time I visit Davao, whether for business or leisure. If my stay for work is very short, he just brings me something from the shop and then I’d feel like I’m right back. I like it here coz, well, it’s food! And sweets at that!
It also has a great atmosphere. You know, like, chill and relax and just chat the day away while enjoying cakes, cupcakes, cookies, coffee, smoothies, and recently, even pasta! Yet to try their pasta though but I think it’s quite promising!
Cake Galerie is ran by Christian’s sister Charisse, who’s also the chef. Naks! I like the sound of that. I bet she does too. Hehe. 🙂 The decorations and designs were created by (I think ) Christian and his brother, who are both artists. Their designs are really colorful, and cool. They also use colored chalks for the menu board, with the tiny artistic details around. I think it will make you feel like a little one, like a child who can eat all the cakes you want without your Mom saying no coz you’ll have sugar rush.
The chairs and tables are quite small for me though–maybe because I like my chairs a bit higher and wider. Which is why I like the two-seater type, coz I can do an Indian sitting position. Like a real child. Hehe. 😀 The chairs and tables are set-up quite close to each other but still comfortably apart. And, whenever we go there, it’s not really very full. Maybe because we always go just before closing time, which is around 7pm.
Anyway, the “regular” cakes on display includes the Moist Chocolate Cake (Jed’s favorite), Carrot Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse and Apple Pie (my favorite). On separate occasions, I also saw on display Sansrival (the first one I’ve tried), Strawberry Mousse cake, Carrot Pineapple cake and Oreo Cheesecake. I’m pretty sure there are others that I missed and I would love to try them out again when I get the chance!
Charisse also bakes made-to-order cakes and cupcakes. You know those specially-designed ones? Those that make you say “Awwww” and “That’s so cute!” and those that would break your heart to cut and eat? Yeah. Those kinds. I don’t have pictures of them here but you can check them out at Cake Galerie’s Multiply site and Facebook page.
Christian shared that Charisse bakes an average of four made-to-order cakes and cupcakes in a week plus the daily baked “regular” cakes in the shop. So yey for them! Hehe. I also saw her in action as she was putting the finishing touches to Lutz’ Chocolate and Butter Cream cake baked to the last minute! It’s like watching an episode of DC Cupcakes. Hahaha. 😀
Anyway, here’s a gallery of the ones we have tried from Cake Galerie. Try them out when you visit Davao and find out for yourself why it’s the sweetest spot for me!
*The posted pics were included in the gallery too. Ima figure out how this can be deleted so it won’t be redundant. Owkies?! Price is also different now, but not super increased.*